Sen. Paul Says Kentuckians Are Against Syrian War

By Michael Gossum | 

It's been front and center all day.

"Is it more or less likely Assad does it again? You want to answer that question?" asked Secretary of State John Kerry.

"I don't think it's known," said Senator Rand Paul, R-Kentucky.

Now, Kentuckians and those who represent the Commonwealth are speaking out against military involvement in Syria.

"I think you can criticize this from several points of view. I don't think getting involved has a national security interest for us in Syria. Others in my caucus think it does, but they're also concerned the president or congress will so circumscribe the president's powers, they will invade upon his ability to execute the war," said Paul.

"It's highly doubtful whether or not we would achieve any objectives, military or otherwise that would advance the interests of our country," said Congressman Andy Barr, R-Kentucky.

The White House says President Assad killed many of his own people in August, using chemical weapons.

Since then, President Obama has been pushing for a strike against Syria, Sen. Paul said not only is he against it, but Kentuckians are as well.

"I was in Kentucky for a month. I went to 40 cities. I didn't meet one person who was for going into Syria. When I told them I was opposed to it, I got standing ovations. There is no sentiment in Kentucky, and the people up here are so out of touch. These senators who are going to vote for this, they need to go home and talk to their people or look at what their people are saying because people do not want to get involved in Syria," said Paul.

A decision is yet to be made on the matter.

Congress will likely vote on the issue sometime early next week.

Regardless of the decision, President Obama still could take action against Syria.

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